U.S. shows leadership by reducing emissions

OlympiaJune 13, 2014 

I have renewed optimism in our government with President Barack Obama and the EPA’s action this week to curb carbon emissions. I watch our Earth’s response to the pollution and energy consumption cycle we are in as a society, with increasing weather extremes in the forms of more devastating fires, storms, rains, floods, droughts and landslides; and I watch the increasing restlessness and agitation throughout the world, with resource competition being a major contribution to this building strife.

As a family physician and member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, I feel Obama’s action to lower CO2 levels represents the kind of leadership the U.S. and the world need to redirect our energy consumption and economy to one that will assure a sustainable and healthy future for us and our children.

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